Danny Santana cracked the Twins' Opening Day roster last year, but he hit just .200/.231/.360 over the first month and was ultimately designated for assignment. After the Braves scooped him up, Santana continued to struggle around a pair of DL stints (bacterial infection, quad strain). In 2014, Santana hit .319 with seven homers and 20 steals in 101 games, but that's a long time ago in baseball. He hasn't flashed anything close to that level of performance since. Santana continues to be plagued by a poor batting eye -- he had a 23 percent strikeout rate last season, with his chase rate falling just shy of 40 percent, and a 4.5 percent walk rate. The Braves brought Santana back on minor-league deal and he could push for a utility role, but there's little to see here beyond his speed.
Santana (quadriceps) agreed to a minor-league deal with the Braves on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Santana will return to the Braves' organization, where he spent the majority of his 2017 campaign following the trade from Minnesota. The Braves opted to non-tender the utility man after he battled injury and limped to a 52 wRC+ in 69 games played this past season. The 27-year-old is coming off a season-ending quad injury but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign.
Santana (quadriceps) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday. Santana spent the last month and a half of the 2017 season on the shelf with a quad injury, although he didn't make much of an impact when he was on the field, slashing just .202/.243/.357 in 82 games between Atlanta and Minnesota. Looking ahead, he should be at full health and ready for spring training.
Santana (quad) was placed on the 60-day DL on Tuesday, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The plan was for Santana to return to the Braves' active roster this week, but he tweaked his quad again during a rehab game and that setback will cost Santana the rest of the season. As a light-hitting utility man, Santana won't warrant consideration outside of deep, league-only formats next spring.
Santana (quadriceps) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Prior to landing on the DL in mid-August, Santana had seemingly displaced Matt Adams as the Braves' everyday left fielder, but the 26-year-old will have to settle for a bench role now that he's healthy again. With Matt Kemp having beat him back from the DL to take over regular duties in left field and all of the Braves' infield spots occupied by young building blocks, Santana may only be in line for a handful of starts as the season winds down.
Santana (quadriceps) is aiming to return from the disabled list next week, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Santana is nearing a return from the strained quadriceps that forced him to the disabled list Aug. 18. It's possible he'll embark on a brief minor-league rehab stint before rejoining the big club. When he does return, he'll serve as a utility man for the Braves.